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Roman North Africa – Carthage to Augustine

By |2018-02-08T23:51:24+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa, History|

Roman North Africa: This is the amphitheater in ancient Carthage where Romans killed Christians during the Decian persecution. Carthage controls the Mediterranean By the 300s BC, the North African port of Carthage was actively engaged in policing the whole Mediterranean. Carthage made treaties, for instance, with the Etruscans in Italy, to protect the Etruscans from [...]

Silver and silver mining – the history

By |2017-10-17T13:26:22+00:00September 7th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

Silver mining slaves at Laurion, near Athens People first mined silver in the Bronze Age. Like gold, silver is a great way to help people trade. Even before people started to make coins, little bits of silver - bracelets, earrings, and necklaces - were a great way to carry around something valuable but not [...]

Terence – Plays – Roman literature

By |2018-04-21T13:19:59+00:00September 4th, 2017|Africa, Literature, Romans|

A page from a manuscript of Terence, written about 825 AD (now in the Vatican) Terence was born about 185 BC, soon after the end of the Second Punic War. His whole name was Publius Terentius Afer. Because he has "Afer" (which means Africa) as part of his name, people think he may have come [...]

Second Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:05:10+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Hamilcar (Hannibal's father) (We know about this mainly from Polybius and Livy) The Carthaginians had a lot of trouble paying the money the Romans demanded from them after the First Punic War. So their general Hamilcar decided to take over some of southern Spain. There were rich silver mines in southern Spain that would help Carthage pay the Romans. But at the same [...]

History of Gold

By |2018-04-10T00:17:19+00:00May 19th, 2017|Economy, Science|

History of gold: Gold bust of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamon (ca. 1300 BC) People have been using gold to make jewelry since the Stone Age. You can find it just lying in little lumps in streams here and there. And gold is always pretty and yellow, even when it is just lying in [...]